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Rush to Judgment in Iraq Harms Justice

After the Islamic State group (ISIS) seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit in June 2014, the blood flowed. ISIS fighters captured and summarily executed hundreds of men, mostly air force cadets who were based at the nearby Speicher military base. Expand ISIS made no effort to hide its crimes. They posted photos and videos of their fighters leading prisoners to their deaths, and gunmen shooting people in the back. ISIS proudly announced that 1,700 “Shia members of the army” were killed. Using satellite imagery, Human Rights Watch mapped the crime scene. The aerial and ground imagery revealed…

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